Here are some of the resources we discussed in the “Beyond the Recycling Bin” meeting, cosponsored with UAPA and Columbus Northwest Blues. All information is accurate as of May 28, 2019.
Join Organizing 4UA and Sarah Grace Spurgin of the Campaign for Ohio for an organizational meeting in the Friends Theater at the main Upper Arlington Library on Tremont Rd.
When: Sunday, July 8, 2-3:30 pm
Where: Friends Theater (lower level), 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH
1) Introductions/State of the Race
2) What is at Stake
3) Organizing Model
4) Digital Team Info
5) Breakdown of Roles
– Neighborhood Team Leader
– Neighborhood Team Captains
– Auxiliary Roles
6) Announcement of Upcoming Events and Goals
We hope to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who attended our candidate event for the Democratic candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 24! It was a packed house, and it was great to see everyone there!
In case you missed the event, here’s a quick introduction to the candidates:
Andrea Bonny is a physician, wife, and mother of 3. She graduated from Upper Arlington High School, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
She has worked as an academic physician for over 20 years. In this role, she has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, advocate, and community organizer. Recently, she has focused on treating adolescents and young adults with opioid addiction.
Mary B. Relotto received her bachelors degree from Ohio University in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. She is the founder of Dames Bond, an organization that began in 2007, to bridge the gap between women and entrepreneurship.
Mary B. worked in the non-profit industry for 15 years, serving some of the most marginalized people in our community. She’s won various awards for championing small business owners and women, was appointed on the Columbus Women’s Commission and sits on the advisory board for the Women’s Business Center of Ohio.
Allison Russo is a public health policy expert who has spent nearly two decades advising government leaders and policymakers on issues related to the healthcare financing and care delivery needs of seniors, vulnerable populations, Veterans, and military families.
She is currently the Policy Research Director for a public policy consulting firm. Allison serves on the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Ohio, is an active member of Rotary Club and Leadership UA, the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. Allison is married to Brian, a Veteran, and together they have three children who attend public school in Upper Arlington.
Get out there and volunteer for one of these amazing candidates between now and the primary on May 8! If you are still undecided, Progress Hilliard is hosting a District 24 candidate forum on April 27th.
Here are some suggestions for how to make October a month for action!
Local races and statewide issues
Candidates running for office in Upper Arlington are:
UA School Board Candidates (2 seats): Carol Mohr and Scott McKenzie.
UA City Council Candidates (4 seats): Michaela Burriss, Brian Close, Robert (Bob) Foulk, Omar Ganoom, Francis (Kip) Greenhill, Michele Hoyle, James (Jim) Lynch, and Lowell Toms.
Here are a few opportunities for you to meet local Upper Arlington candidates:
- Meet Upper Arlington City Council candidates the next three Tuesdays (Oct 3, 10, 17) from 2-4 in the Senior Center 1945 Ridgeview Road, Bldg. 1, Room 104.
- Leadership UA Candidates & Issues night will be held on October 19 at the Municipal Services Center on 3600 Tremont Rd. A “meet and greet” begins at 6, followed by moderated Q&A from 7-9pm. Let’s consider this as our October “field trip” meeting! Submit questions for the candidates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or submit questions using this link by 5 pm on October 18th.
For those of you in Upper Arlington, there is also a combined levy-bond issue on the ballot. Franklin County voters will also vote on the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy.
The League of Women Voters has links to voter forums for other surrounding cities.
Other ways to get involved in local elections: take a yard sign, consider volunteering for a local candidate or the school levy campaign. Volunteer to hand out sample ballots! Speaking of sample ballots, make sure you vote for all of the judicial candidates, too!
Statewide Issues 1 & 2
You can learn more about Issues 1 (Marsy’s Law) and 2 (Drug Price Relief Act) at the Advocacy in Action: Voters Forum on Thursday, October 12 from 530-7pm at the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio at 2323 W. Fifth Ave, #230, in Columbus. RSVP here.
The League of Women Voters is partnering with NBC4 to present a forum on Issue 2 on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Fawcett Center. The forum will be broadcast through NBC affiliates.
Upper Arlington volunteers have collected over 5000 signatures! We have a lot to be proud of. Let’s keep going! Check out the Fair Districts blog for some ideas about how to reenergize your signature gathering for fall.
We are almost halfway to the overall signature goal, with 12 counties exceeding their 5% minimum. Some nearby counties that are getting close include Knox, Union, Champaign, Clark, Muskingum, Fairfield, and Wyandot.
In addition to continuing to collect signatures, please contact your state senator and representative and urge them to support real redistricting reform for our congressional districts.
Before we run through a quick recap of our May 9 meeting, let’s step back and reflect on the week that preceded our meeting. Along with other area Indivisible teams, we participated in a protest at Steve Stivers’ Hilliard office on the day of the AHCA vote (May 4). It was cold. It was raining. But we were determined to make our voices heard. The event was covered by ABC6 and WOSU.
Later that day, the House voted 217-213 to pass the AHCA bill. Despite numerous assurances (in letters and in person) that he would protect those with preexisting conditions and preserve essential health benefits like preventative care, Steve Stivers voted for the AHCA. We will not forget this vote, Representative Stivers!
Unfortunately, redistricting reform hit a speed bump later that same night. Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the redistricting reform petition summary language. Back to square one.
There’s no sugar coating it– last Thursday was a really, really tough day. But we rolled up our sleeves over the weekend and got right back in the fight for fairer districts in Ohio. We met with Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio, got petitions with the updated summary language, and got to work!
Thanks to you, our team was able to get 111 of the required 1,000 signatures needed to get the amended petition back to the Attorney General. Congratulations to the Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition for such a quick turn-around.
At our May 9 meeting, we gave a quick update on the redistricting reform effort. Almost all of our attendees signed up to help to gather signatures once we have the go-ahead!
IMPORTANT NOTE: For your information, we contacted the Franklin County Board of Elections, and clarified that those of us with Columbus mailing addresses who live in Upper Arlington can put either Columbus or UA in the ‘city’ box on a petition. Although Columbus is technically correct, putting Upper Arlington does not invalidate your signature.
Our guest speaker was Gary Daniels, Chief Lobbyist for the ACLU of Ohio. He gave us a thorough overview of the Ohio legislative process, and encouraged us to consider testifying in committee to express concerns, suggestions, or support for proposed state legislation. As citizens, our voices can have more weight than the testimony of lobbyists. To be most effective, Mr. Daniels suggested that we limit testimony to two pages, and to follow the rules of decorum during committee meetings (e.g., addressing questions and responses to the chair of the committee rather than individual members).
In order to have the most influence, he suggested that we focus on building strong relationships with our state legislators. Find out what you might have in common with your legislator (e.g., support for the same sports team, a similar educational background), and use that to lay the foundation for a good working relationship. It can be helpful to contact legislators when they are doing a good job (not just we disagree with them!)
For more about making a difference at the state level, attend Upper Arlington Progressive Action’s meeting on the Ohio Resistance Guide on May 25 at the Upper Arlington Public Library (6:30, Friends Theater).
What’s next for our team? We will be reaching out to you to do training on how to collect redistricting reform petition signatures. Our next meeting is scheduled for June 13 at 7pm in the Friends Theater at the UAPL (Tremont branch).